Gallagher Premiership return predictions: Bath, Bristol, Saracens, Wasps results - Ruck

Gallagher Premiership return predictions: Bath, Bristol, Saracens, Wasps results

The Gallagher Premiership returns after a five-month hiatus on Friday, and while the league positions are the same, the personnel are quite different.

Some big stars have joined the league, others have left and there have been some high-profile transfers, with most deals going through on 1 July.

It leaves a unique situation of squads built for the 2020-21 season playing out the elongated 2019-20 campaign.

Here, RUCK scribe Oliver Roby predicts the results:

Friday, 7.45pm

Harlequins vs Sale

It’s been five months since we’ve seen any Premiership Rugby action so it’s fair to say form counts for pretty much nothing this weekend.

Quins had been largely underwhelming prior to the postponement of the season sitting in seventh and having lost eight of their 13 games so far, meanwhile Sale were flying high in second having racked up an impressive 40 points from their 13 fixtures to date.

The Greater Manchester outfit have also made a notable addition to their squad in the form of Manu Tuilagi and look well set for a strong end to the season. Champions in waiting?

Prediction: Sale by 15

Harlequins: 15 Mike Brown, 14 Chris Ashton, 13 Joe Marchant, 12 James Lang, 11 Nathan Earle, 10 Marcus Smith, 9 Martin Landajo; 1 Joe Marler, 2 Scott Baldwin, 3 Simon Kerrod, 4 Stephen Lewies, 5 Matt Symons, 6 James Chisholm, 7 Chris Robshaw (c), 8 Alex Dombrant.

Replacements: 16 Joe Gray, 17 Santiago Garcia Botta, 18 Will Collier, 19 Dino Lamb, 20 Tom Lawday, 21 Will Evans, 22 Scott Steele, 23 Paul Lasike.

Sale Sharks: 15 Simon Hammersley, 14 Byron McGuigan, 13 Manu Tuilagi, 12 Sam Hill, 11 Marland Yarde, 10 Rob du Preez, 9 Faf de Klerk; 1 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Akker van der Merwe, 3 Will-Griff John, 4 Jean-Luc du Preez, 5 Lood de Jager, 6 Jono Ross (c) 7 Tom Curry, 8 Daniel du Preez.

Replacements: 16 Curtis Langdon, 17 Ross Harrison, 18 Jake Cooper-Woolley, 19 James Phillips, 20 Ben Curry, 21 Will Cliff, 22 AJ MacGinty, 23 Denny Solomona.

Saturday, 12.30pm

Worcester Warriors vs Gloucester

Two clubs languishing at the wrong end of the table but safe from relegation, this could arguably be one of the most entertaining games of the restart weekend.

Gloucester sit just a place and four points above the Warriors so this one is hard to predict. An absorbing contest could be in store, and don’t be surprised to see some serious points as two sides with nothing to lose and everything to gain go head to head.

Prediction: Worcester by 3

Worcester: 15 Melani Nanai, 14 Tom Howe, 13 Ollie Lawrence, 12 Ashley Beck, 11 Scott van Breda, 10 Billy Searle, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Matt Kvesic, 7 Sam Lewis, 6 Ted Hill (c), 5 Graham Kitchener, 4 Anton Bresler, 3 Nick Schonert, 2 Niall Annett, 1 Ethan Waller
Replacements: 16 Beck Cutting, 17 Lewis Holsey, 18 Richard Palframan, 19 GJ van Velze, 20 Cornell du Preez, 21 Gareth Simpson, 22 Duncan Weir, 23 Francois Venter

Gloucester: 15 Jason Woodward, 14 Ollie Thorley, 13 Chris Harris, 12 Billy Twelvetrees, 11 Jonny May, 10 Danny Cipriani, 9 Joe Simpson, 8 Jake Polledri, 7 Lewis Ludlow, 6 Ruan Ackermann, 5 Freddie Clarke, 4 Ed Slater, 3 Fraser Balmain, 2 Jack Singleton, 1 Val Rapava-Ruskin
Replacements: 16 Henry Walker, 17 Logovi’i Mulipola, 18 Jack Stanley, 19 Matt Garvey, 20 Jack Clement, 21 Stephen Varney, 22 Tom Seabrook, 23 Louis Rees-Zammit